Bale eyeing top form and titles

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Gareth Bale believes he will need a few weeks before reaching peak fitness after making a goal-scoring return to action with Real Madrid.

Wales international star Bale spent almost three months on the sidelines after ankle surgery and took just 12 minutes to make his mark against Espayol at Santiago Bernabeu, crowning a swift counter-attack to seal a 2-0 victory for the LaLiga leader.

Next on the agenda for Zinedine Zidane's side are trips to Valencia and Villarreal over the next week and Bale will hope to crank through the gears.

"It will take me a few weeks to fully recover and be at 100 per cent," the 27-year-old forward said.

"I feel very good after having worked for three months to recover, and to have contributed a goal towards the team's victory.

"It was difficult to be absent for so long, but the team was winning and that's the most important thing. We want to win both titles and I want to help."

He added: "The fans have been incredible. I have been supported and applauded, and I felt the fans' affection."